Astros hope to have new spring training home soon (The Associated Press)

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane hopes to have a deal for a new spring training home for his ballclub within six months. ''Our timetable is, we've got to have something probably agreed to and documented hopefully by the end of the summer, because the timetable would be to build it and then be here in 2017,'' Crane said Sunday before the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter. The Astros are looking to replace their current home in Kissimmee with a site on the east coast of Florida. Osceola County Stadium was considered state of the art when the Astros moved there in 1985, but Crane said the complex is ''probably the worst'' in the Grapefruit League now.

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Ervin Santana makes Braves’ spring training debut (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Ervin Santana was surprised when Eric Young Jr., his first batter of spring training, bunted and reached on a single. Pretty much everything else went according to plan for Santana, who allowed one run over two innings Thursday in his first game for the Atlanta Braves, a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets. Signed to a $14.1 million, one-year contract on March 12 after season-ending elbow injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, Santana allowed hits to his first two batters. After Ruben Tejada's single, Santana retired David Wright on a sacrifice fly that started a streak of six straight outs.

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Matt Harvey irked by Mets conditions for Tommy John rehab (Big League Stew)

Against the advice of team management, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey gave a one-on-one interview Tuesday morning with reporter Andy Martino of the New York Daily News . Harvey has some beefs with club big shots, particularly about where they want him to perform his rehab from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Harvey also doesn't like that the Mets moved his spring training locker into "a closet" that he shares with another rehabbing pitcher, Jeremy Hefner. But that's almost a non-issue compared to the relatively important (to Harvey) rehab location. Harvey wants to rehab in New York, with the team, among his teammates and in the context of the major league season. The Mets want him to continue working at their facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. — presumably, in part, to keep him away from the media and its obnoxious habit of asking questions. The Mets don't like Harvey talking to reporters and expressing how badly he wants to pitch at some point during the 2014 seasons. They don't want him setting unreasonable goals. They want him to use caution. He just wants to get back as soon as possible. And the best way to do that, Harvey told Martino, is to rehab in New York City: “The biggest part is wanting to stay with the team. To learn the league. To learn Travis (d’Arnaud, the catcher). To learn how to bond with the other starting pitchers, and the guys in the clubhouse, and the David Wrights who I plan on playing with.” And where does the front office stand on this? “I expressed that seven months in Port St. Lucie is a long time,” he said. “For me, I strongly felt that my best opportunity, and my motivation to come back quicker, stronger, work harder would be to be with the teammates. That’s kind of what I have always said. I have worked so hard to get to the big leagues and be with this team, it just felt like all of a sudden I was shooed to the back.” Why does he say that? “It’s just the fact that I have been not allowed to talk to anybody, and that every tweet or Instagram I send is, do not write,” Harvey said. “My locker -- me and (Jeremy Hefner, also rehabbing) was basically in a closet. I didn’t think that was right. I don’t know exactly who was in charge of the situation. [“That was a decision made by clubhouse personnel,” GM Sandy Alderson later told me].

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Paging Tommy John: Pitchers having painful spring (The Associated Press)

Jarrod Parker, Kris Medlen and Luke Hochevar are out for the season, Patrick Corbin and Brandon Beachy might join them in the operating room. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. ''It doesn't surprise me at all,'' Tommy John himself said Tuesday. ''Tommy John surgery will grow exponentially in the next 50 years.'' ''I really think there will come a day when if you have 12 pitchers on your staff, 10 will have had Tommy John surgery,'' the 70-year-old lefty told The Associated Press from his home in Watertown, N.Y. Still, this recent wave makes Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell wince.

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Niese (elbow) exits early, Mets top Cardinals 10-4 (The Associated Press)

Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow. Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as ''the spring training from hell.'' He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it's unclear when he might pitch again. ''It's the back of the elbow, which is good,'' Niese said. ''I'm almost 100 percent sure it's nothing serious.'' Adam Wainwright had a rocky outing in his third start this spring, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Cardinals.

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Wong HRs for 2nd straight day; Cards beat Mets 6-4 (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Kolten Wong wouldn't mind playing the New York Mets every day. Wong hit a two-run homer for the second straight day, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 6-4 Wednesday. As long as I help the team win, that's all that matters.'' Wong went 2 for 4 Wednesday and is 7 for 15 with two home runs and six RBIs in four games against the Mets this spring training. ''He had a nice day,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

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5 things to know about Yankees going into camp (The Associated Press)

Five things to know about the New York Yankees as they start spring training camp: NEW KIDS IN TOWN: After missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, the Yankees added pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran for a total commitment of $438 million. Add in Tanaka's $20 million fee to his Japanese club, agreements to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan, and to add Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Matt Thornton, and the Yankees' offseason spending on free agents totaled $471 million.

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Nationals, Ayala agree on minor league deal (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-hander Luis Ayala on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

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A’s 2014 television schedule; 146 games on CSN (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

Comcast SportsNet California announced on Friday its comprehensive coverage of the two-time defending American League West Champion Oakland Athletics for the 2014 Major League Baseball season, featuring 146 games (144 regular season, 2 spring training), pre- and post-game shows, in-depth nightly news coverage and complete 24/7 online As coverage on CSNCalifornia.com.

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Mariners, OF Chavez agree to minor league deal (The SportsXchange)

The Seattle Mariners signed free agent outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

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